Neelam Sahota nets ‘Surrey Women in Business Award’ in not-for-profit leader category

Neelam Sahota, Kathy McGarrigle, Tracy Bell and Mary Jane Wilson.
Neelam Sahota, Kathy McGarrigle, Tracy Bell and Mary Jane Wilson.
NEELAM Sahota, interim Chief Executive Officer of DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, has won the Surrey Women in Business Award in the not-for-profit leader category.

The Surrey Board of Trade’s 5th Annual Surrey Women in Business Awards Luncheon on Wednesday recognized the hard work of Surrey’s businesswomen and their contributions to Surrey.

Master of ceremonies Steve Darling of Global BC led the afternoon’s program and kept guests laughing. Keynote speaker Marcella Szel, Chair of TransLink, shared her success story with the audience. Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business, spoke about the Premier’s Women’s Economic Council.

Nominations were submitted in four categories and judged on the nominee’s work in Surrey, business acumen, leadership, balanced lifestyle and community involvement and service.

Anita Huberman with Marcella Szel. / Naomi Yamamoto. Photos by Ray Hudson
Anita Huberman with Marcella Szel. / Naomi Yamamoto. Photos by Ray Hudson
“The event showcased some of the best and brightest women of Surrey’s business community that have earned the right to be celebrated and receive well-deserved recognition. The purpose of the Surrey Board of Trade’s event was to inspire, motivate and educate attendees – both men and women,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

Neelam Sahota’s citation read: “Neelam is the Interim Chief Executive Officer of DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, a non-profit organization offering a wide range of services to new Canadians to help them settle and integrate into Canadian Society. She brings over 15 years of experience in the Finance sector as CGA. Neelam strongly believes in collaboration, positivity, and empowerment, and will focus on these beliefs as she leads the way into the organization’s 36th year of operations. Neelam has shown great commitment in creating a better experience for new immigrants who need guidance in family, career, language, and settlement services that are required for an individual to feel welcome in Surrey.”

The other winners were:
* Entrepreneur Category: Tracy Bell – La Belle Fleur Floral Boutique Ltd.
* Professional Category: Mary Jane Wilson – Wilson Rasmussen LLP
* Corporate / Leadership Category: Kathy McGarrigle – Coast Capital Savings

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